Following several recent incidents, Boise Regional Realtors® issued a reminder for Boise home sellers this past week about securing homes listed for sale.
One incident included a person posing as a real estate agent, requesting to preview a home without an appointment with the seller.
He handed the seller a real estate agent’s business card he had collected from another listed property.
After he left, the seller discovered the theft of prescription drugs.
Another recent incident included the theft of jewelry during an Open House.
While showing or previewing homes, I often see personal and financial papers left out in plain sight.
Think about it ~ do you really want total strangers to see your 401k statement, credit card statement, divorce papers, or mortgage statement lying on your kitchen counter or desk?
I routinely see piggy banks, coin jars, checkbooks, brokerage statements, and other items while showing or previewing homes.
I recently previewed a home that had a gun cabinet full of valuable Browning rifles with the unlocked cabinet door standing wide open.
You should also consider removing family photos, diplomas, and other items that can provide clues to prospective buyers about your lifestyle and income.
Open Houses pose additional risks because it’s impossible for the agent hosting your Open House to observe every visitor; especially if there are multiple visitors present at the same time.
My personal view on Open Houses is that the risks far outweigh any potential benefits for a seller.
Here are a few security tips if you’re selling your home:
- Always require buyer agents to access your home using the lockbox (to know who’s been in your home).
- Do NOT let prospective buyers view your home without their agent present.
- Put away personal and financial papers.
- Put away prescription drugs, jewelry, firearms, piggy banks, coin jars, checkbooks, and other valuables.
- If your listing agent convinces you that an Open House is a good idea, check to ensure that all windows and doors are locked afterward.